Stop Clogging Landfills with Cheap, Plastic Pens

Target: Bruno Bich, Chairman and CEO of BIC

Goal: Implement a recycling and reuse program for BIC pens.

Cheap, disposable ballpoint pens are contributing to growing piles of non-biodegradable waste in landfills. To make matters worse, it’s far easier and cheaper to buy new pens than reuse old ones, and few if any companies accept old pens for recycling or reuse. As a result, the EPA estimates that Americans throw away 1.6 billion pens each year. The purpose of this petition is to draw attention to a significant but seldom considered problem created by companies like BIC who see no reason to stop the flow of waste and every reason to let it continue. Contacting its CEO will hopefully shine a light on this issue and show that there is a demand for sustainable change everywhere, including the pen industry.

Disposable items have in recent years come under scrutiny due to their inherently wasteful nature. Designed to be used once and thrown away, these items are convenient first and sustainable never, and play a big part in the American waste stream. Americans throw away enough waste to fill 630,000 garbage trucks every day, and at least half of that can be recycled. However, companies fear designing their products for longevity, since they believe it would ultimately mean fewer sales of these items. Placing profits first is no way to run a business sustainably, so companies like BIC must know that consumers are watching and expect improvements in their sustainable development. Sign this petition to encourage BIC to make steps towards creating a more environmentally sustainable business model focused on recycling and reusing materials. 


Dear Mr. Bich,

As people around the world are recognizing environmental problems and demanding sustainable solutions, disposable items like your pens are coming under fire for their inherently wasteful nature. In the U.S. alone, disposable pens are thrown away at a rate 1.6 billion per year, filling up landfills with perfectly reusable pens and letting recyclable materials go to waste. I write today to ask that as the chairman and CEO of BIC, you use your position to end this harmful production of waste, and instead implement recycling and reuse programs for the pens you sell.

Doing so will place your company at the forefront of sustainable stationery and show that you take pride in your products and want customers to be able to enjoy them for a while. In the process, you’ll make your business model more sustainable and encourage others in the industry to do the same.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. And how about their disposable razor shavers?

  2. Kathryn Irby says:

    Stop clogging up landfills with BIC, or any other kind of pen; instead, implement a recycling program with which to use to discard those pens!!!

  3. ban the use of plastic on earth.

  4. get rid of all plastic for the sake of all of us and our planet!

  5. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    inks may come from octopuses or squids. ban plastic pens! go vegan!

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